Day 1 & 2 :
Punta Arenas, Chile
On arrival at Punta Arenas Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall, where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the emergency contact details of our representative office.
Start your journey by exploring the charming streets and rugged coastline of Punta Arenas, Chile on the shores of the historic Strait of Magellan. Established on the wealth of the Patagonian wool export industry, the town’s splendour has been continued by a shift in focus to facilitating Antarctic exploration and research. It’s from the Punta Arenas post office that Sir Robert Falcon Scott penned his 400 letters announcing his return from the Antarctic and the town also hosted Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men for the closure of their harrowing Endurance expedition - all of which and more is detailed in the town’s newly built $50million International Antarctic Centre. Adorned with an ice-like facade and an homage to Shackleton’s adventurous spirit - the centre’s museum will be a brilliant opportunity to learn about the history, ice and animals that await you on the voyage ahead.
At the town’s port, the Ocean Endeavour eagerly awaits our traverse of the Strait of Magellan before turning south for the legendary Drake Passage.